Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack not only foreign substances, but also healthy cells and tissues. This creates inflammation and can affect the joints, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells and brain.
“Symptoms of lupus can range from mild to life-threatening,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “There is no cure for this disease, but we can help our patients manage their symptoms, stop disease progression and prevent organs from further damage.”
Treatments depend on the severity of the disease and organ involvement, but can include medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), antimalarial drugs and immunosuppressants.
“Lupus is a disease that can ebb and flow,” says Roumany. “You can take certain steps to prevent flare-ups such as protecting yourself from ultraviolet light, exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest and maintaining a healthy diet. Living with lupus can be challenging, which is why you need to see your doctor regularly.”
To make an appointment with Roumany, call 573-331-3000 or visit his webpage to learn more.